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26th Jun '16 2:02:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* There is a character in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', literally called The Plot Device, which is a robot that can cause nearly anything to happen to advance the plot.
* Dr. Bill Ernoehazy, an ''OrionsArm'' contributor'', wrote another story with a FasterThanLightTravel system called the [[http://www.kheper.net/topics/scifi/grading.html#note Plott-deVice drive]].
* One of the various {{Mac Guffin}}s that ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' radio missions will ocassionally ask you to retrieve is a "P.L.O.T. Device." Its description:
-->The [[FunWithAcronyms Phased Linear Oscillation Transducer]] is a miraculous device, capable of producing such a variety of effects that many find it simply unbelievable. However, overusing a P.L.O.T. device can have serious consequences, and the more {{egregious}} uses can strain the very fabric of reality. P.L.O.T devices have fallen out of favor overall, but many a young and reckless pioneer has picked up a well-used P.L.O.T. device and run with it.
* Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' realizes that he can subject Matt O'Morph to a bit of HarmlessFreezing with a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=92146 carbon-dioxide fire extinguisher]] ... which has a label on the side that reads, "Warning, Plot Device!"
* A literal plot device can be seen here in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1295/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00620.html a character complains of an obvious plot device]] in the ShowWithinAShow, someone else informs him it was RealLife.
* [[http://vimeo.com/24320919 This]] short by Seth Worley features a device called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Plot Device]], which is a yellow box with large friendly letters reading "Plot Device" with a BigRedButton on its top and enables the user to turn his life in a movie and travel between different film genres.

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* There is a character in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', literally called The Plot Device, which is a robot that can cause nearly anything to happen to advance the plot.
* Dr. Bill Ernoehazy, an ''OrionsArm'' contributor'', wrote another story with a FasterThanLightTravel system called the [[http://www.kheper.net/topics/scifi/grading.html#note Plott-deVice drive]].
* One of the various {{Mac Guffin}}s that ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' radio missions will ocassionally ask you to retrieve is a "P.L.O.T. Device." Its description:
-->The [[FunWithAcronyms Phased Linear Oscillation Transducer]] is a miraculous device, capable of producing such a variety of effects that many find it simply unbelievable. However, overusing a P.L.O.T. device can have serious consequences, and the more {{egregious}} uses can strain the very fabric of reality. P.L.O.T devices have fallen out of favor overall, but many a young and reckless pioneer has picked up a well-used P.L.O.T. device and run with it.
* Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' realizes that he can subject Matt O'Morph to a bit of HarmlessFreezing with a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=92146 carbon-dioxide fire extinguisher]] ... which has a label on the side that reads, "Warning, Plot Device!"
* A literal plot device can be seen here in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1295/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00620.html a character complains of an obvious plot device]] in the ShowWithinAShow, someone else informs him it was RealLife.
* [[http://vimeo.com/24320919 This]] short by Seth Worley features a device called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Plot Device]], which is a yellow box with large friendly letters reading "Plot Device" with a BigRedButton on its top and enables the user to turn his life in a movie and travel between different film genres.

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* In ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG, certain characters are noted as being "plot device level" characters. Most of them are considered {{Plot Device}}s because they're so ridiculously powerful that no PlayerParty would ever reasonably be able to take them on directly, making stats meaningless, and thus would have to outmanuever, work around, or run away from them; these include the [[TheFairFolk Faerie Queens]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]. A handful, however, are noted as being a PlotDevice because they're so far down on the other side of the scale that they can only really provide one specific and specialized purpose, such as Elidee, a tiny pixie--even by pixie standards--who shows up briefly in one book to serve as a guide/flashlight for Dresden.
* This is one of the functions of Secrets ''[[TabletopGame/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn Adventure Game]]''. For example, the secret formula for a new Allomantic metal, which gives the heroes bizzare new powers at the cost of drawing the attention of the Canton Of Inquistion.

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* In ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG, certain characters are noted as being "plot device level" characters. Most of them are considered {{Plot Device}}s because they're so ridiculously powerful that no PlayerParty would ever reasonably be able to take them on directly, making stats meaningless, and thus would have to outmanuever, work around, or run away from them; these include the [[TheFairFolk Faerie Queens]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]. A handful, however, are noted as being a PlotDevice because they're so far down on the other side of the scale that they can only really provide one specific and specialized purpose, such as Elidee, a tiny pixie--even by pixie standards--who shows up briefly in one book to serve as a guide/flashlight for Dresden.
* This is one of the functions of Secrets ''[[TabletopGame/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn Adventure Game]]''. For example, the secret formula for a new Allomantic metal, which gives the heroes bizzare new powers at the cost of drawing the attention of the Canton Of Inquistion.

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* In ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG, certain characters are noted as being "plot device level" characters. Most of them are considered {{Plot Device}}s because they're so ridiculously powerful that no PlayerParty would ever reasonably be able to take them on directly, making stats meaningless, and thus would have to outmanuever, work around, or run away from them; these include the [[TheFairFolk Faerie Queens]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]. A handful, however, are noted as being a PlotDevice because they're so far down on the other side of the scale that they can only really provide one specific and specialized purpose, such as Elidee, a tiny pixie--even by pixie standards--who shows up briefly in one book to serve as a guide/flashlight for Dresden.
* This is one of the functions of Secrets ''[[TabletopGame/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn Adventure Game]]''. For example, the secret formula for a new Allomantic metal, which gives the heroes bizzare new powers at the cost of drawing the attention of the Canton Of Inquistion.

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* One of the various {{Mac Guffin}}s that ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' radio missions will ocassionally ask you to retrieve is a "P.L.O.T. Device." Its description:
-->The [[FunWithAcronyms Phased Linear Oscillation Transducer]] is a miraculous device, capable of producing such a variety of effects that many find it simply unbelievable. However, overusing a P.L.O.T. device can have serious consequences, and the more {{egregious}} uses can strain the very fabric of reality. P.L.O.T devices have fallen out of favor overall, but many a young and reckless pioneer has picked up a well-used P.L.O.T. device and run with it.

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* Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' realizes that he can subject Matt O'Morph to a bit of HarmlessFreezing with a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=92146 carbon-dioxide fire extinguisher]] ... which has a label on the side that reads, "Warning, Plot Device!"
* A literal plot device can be seen here in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1295/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00620.html a character complains of an obvious plot device]] in the ShowWithinAShow, someone else informs him it was RealLife.

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* Dr. Bill Ernoehazy, an ''OrionsArm'' contributor'', wrote another story with a FasterThanLightTravel system called the [[http://www.kheper.net/topics/scifi/grading.html#note Plott-deVice drive]].
* [[http://vimeo.com/24320919 This]] short by Seth Worley features a device called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Plot Device]], which is a yellow box with large friendly letters reading "Plot Device" with a BigRedButton on its top and enables the user to turn his life in a movie and travel between different film genres.

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* There is a character in ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', literally called The Plot Device, which is a robot that can cause nearly anything to happen to advance the plot.
26th Jun '16 1:23:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* There is a character in ''SheepInTheBigCity'', literally called The Plot Device, which is a robot that can cause nearly anything to happen to advance the plot.

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* There is a character in ''SheepInTheBigCity'', ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', literally called The Plot Device, which is a robot that can cause nearly anything to happen to advance the plot.
1st Jan '16 5:24:16 PM jormis29
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* The ''Literature/LordsOfTheUnderworld'' series has Pandora's box, which is the only way the titular immortals can be [[FinalDeath killed]]. The Lords- not being interested in dying- search for it.

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* The ''Literature/LordsOfTheUnderworld'' series has Pandora's box, PandorasBox, which is the only way the titular immortals can be [[FinalDeath killed]]. The Lords- not being interested in dying- search for it.
14th Dec '15 2:49:10 PM Discar
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A plot device is an object or character in the story whose purpose is purely to drive the {{Plot}}, maintain its flow, or resolve situations within it. It could be something everybody wants to obtain, a device that must be destroyed, or an annoying teenager who [[ThePresidentsDaughter must be protected at all costs]].

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A plot device is an object or character in the story whose purpose is purely to drive the {{Plot}}, maintain its flow, or resolve situations within it. It could be something everybody wants to obtain, a device that must be destroyed, or an annoying teenager who [[ThePresidentsDaughter must be protected at all costs]].
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27th Oct '15 6:31:41 AM Berrenta
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* DoesntWorkOnWood: A plot device that says why the heroes can't use their abilities to do what they want.
23rd Oct '15 8:18:26 PM BreadBull
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* DoesntWorkOnWood: A plot devices that says why the heroes can't use their abilities to get out of danger.

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* DoesntWorkOnWood: A plot devices device that says why the heroes can't use their abilities to get out of danger.do what they want.
23rd Oct '15 3:51:04 PM BreadBull
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* DoesntWorkOnWood: A plot devices that says why the heroes can't use their abilities to get out of danger.
24th Sep '15 9:27:52 AM eroock
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->''This movie has so many contrived plot devices that TVTropes deserves to be in the credits as lead writer.''

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12th Jul '15 8:39:39 AM rcmerod52
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->''This movie has so many contrived plot devices that TVTropes deserves to be in the credits as lead writer.''
-->-- '''[=LittleshyFiM=]''' [[https://youtu.be/Xfcu4GUytIE?t=3m50s on the usage of this trope on]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''[[note]]For added humour, the TV Tropes logo appears as he says this.[[/note]]
7th May '15 4:13:23 PM nombretomado
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* One of the various {{Mac Guffin}}s that ''CityOfHeroes'' radio missions will ocassionally ask you to retrieve is a "P.L.O.T. Device." Its description:

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* One of the various {{Mac Guffin}}s that ''CityOfHeroes'' ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' radio missions will ocassionally ask you to retrieve is a "P.L.O.T. Device." Its description:
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